Minister Stockwell Day Does the Right Thing



    QUEBEC, April 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ontario Forest Industry Association
(OFIA) and the Québec Forest Industry Council (QFIC) support the Government of
Canada's actions to comply with the London Court of International
Arbitration's (LCIA) decision of late February 2009.
    "We recognize that International Trade Minister, Mr. Stockwell Day's
request to the London court to confirm that the payment cures the breach in a
manner consistent with the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) as well as to
obtain answers to precise questions is based on common sense. The Minister has
shown that the preservation of the SLA remains the top priority for his
government, which is in line with our positions" pointed out Mr. Chevrette,
QFIC's CEO.
    Jamie Lim commented, "We appreciate Minister Day's efforts on this file.
Both the Softwood Lumber Agreement and the tribunal's decision provide for
alternative means to cure a breach other than by the implementation of an
additional tax, so we were very pleased with the government's approach."
    "OFIA and QFIC stand behind the Canadian government and believe that
Minister Day is acting in accordance with the rules of the International
Tribunal by paying a lump sum and wait for clarification prior to undertaking
further steps. Both associations hope that the United States will see that
Canada is working in good faith on this file" concluded Mrs. Lim and Mr.
Chevrette.




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For further information: media representatives: Mrs. Jamie Lim,
President & CEO, Ontario Forest Industries Association, (416) 368-6188

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